Col. Foey M. Shiflet
February 9, 1917  -  March 25, 2008

Col. Foey M. Shiflet, 91, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in Abilene.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1 at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy. 277 South with Ross Hollingsworth Jr. officiating; entombment following in Elmwood Memorial Park with full military honors.

Col. Shiflet was born on February 9, 1917 in Ringo, TX to Charles Elmer and Lillie Wrenfro Shiflet. He married Ellen Elizabeth Bolin on July 4, 1937 in Modille, Oklahoma and they enjoyed 69 years of marriage. He has been a resident of Abilene and the Elm Valley Community since the 1950s. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Col. Shiflet grew up the son of a railroad family and started at an early age working in Denison, TX. Foey worked for the railroad in a variety of positions. When WWII broke, he joined the U.S. Army and his first assignment was in Italy where he built railroad stations and water depots to transport men and supplies throughout Italy. Capt. TEX ultimately rose in rank to Col. TEX. After the war, he continued in the construction industry, which he loved, and formed the company Shiflet Bros. Construction with his brother Ollie. They built several notable buildings. He helped build the Whitney Dam outside of Waco which was a multi million dollar project back in the 50s and also built many buildings on Dyess Air Force base in Abilene, the Sears Roebuck building in Roswell, NM, some McMurry University dormitories and Cooper High Schools Auditorium.

Survivors include his daughter, Linda Elaine Crittenden and husband, Anthony; four grandchildren, Lawrence Hinkle and wife, Sherie, Mark Hinkle and wife, Jocelyn, Denisha de Mos and husband, Daniel, and Laurie Lehman and husband, Matthew; five great grandchildren, Mason and Linnet Hinkle, Foster and Lillie Lehman, and James Hinkle; nephews, Ross Hollingsworth Jr. and wife, Barbara and Don Shiflet and wife, Cherry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen on March 13, 2007, his son, Warren Bradley Shiflet, sister, Lucille Hollingsworth, and brothers, Cecil Elmer Shiflet and Charles Oliver Shiflet.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children www.shrinershq.orghospitalshospitalsforchildren.
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